Early voting numbers smash totals for comparable elections

Monday, July 30, 2012 at 5:00pm

Reflecting an early voting surge statewide, 16,058 Davidson County voters took to the polls during the county’s two-week early voting period in advance of Aug. 2, smashing figures from comparable elections.

“It’s more than we expected,” Davidson County Elections Administrator Albert Tieche said, adding that the 16,000-plus voters represent approximately 5 percent of the county’s electorate.

Early voting concluded Saturday.

Tieche said turnout in Davidson County for comparable August party primaries — which also includes Metro school board races — had been approximately 8 percent overall, of which 3 percent vote early.

“That makes us think that we’re going to get a bigger turnout than we normally have gotten for this election and this cycle,” he said.

In 2008, the last August primary that took place during a presidential election year, 6,172 people voted early in Davidson County. In 2004, only 2,886 did.

Those elections, like this one, lacked high-profile or heavily contested statewide primaries. In addition to primaries for state House, Senate and U.S. congress, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 includes Metro school board races in districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, as well as other Metro offices.

Across Tennessee, 326,786 people voted early for the Aug. 2 election. The previous early vote high for this particular election cycle had been 206,147 Tennesseans, set in 2008.


6 Comments on this post:

By: parnell3rd on 7/30/12 at 3:31

Yea, the democrats had to dig up the dead voters to get them to the polls on time.

By: Jughead on 7/30/12 at 3:50

Vote for Pedro.

By: Kosh III on 7/31/12 at 7:43

If you can provide proof of voter fraud, meaning convictions for voter fraud; please do so. Otherwise stop telling lies just for partisan advantage.

By: rawhide on 7/31/12 at 12:03

Kosh III, if you can provide proof of prosecutions for allegations of voter fraud . . . oh, by the way, did you read the latest about the DOJ/Black Panthers prosecution?

By: govskeptic on 8/1/12 at 6:27

Prosecutors Nation Wide skip and ignore complaints of voter fraud as
a nuisance. Investigations only take place in very selective cases, usually
when a Prosecutor's friend or acquaintance is involved. Does your own
precious vote mean so little that it's OK for a dead or non-eligible vote
cancels your's out? Lack of convictions doesn't mean it's not prevalent!

By: Kosh III on 8/2/12 at 6:20

If you can show proof of that govskeptic, do so, otherwise it's just more baseless propaganda.